Lincoln cuts jobs to woo suitor

Posted By TEU on Nov 17, 2016 |

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 40

Lincoln University plans to cut over 50 people’s jobs, including 17 at its Telford campus.

The university is trying to cut nearly $5 million. It is considering transferring its Telford campus to another provider and is investigating partnerships to “gain economies of scale and scope

Lincoln’s vice-chancellor Robin Pollard told Radio New Zealand that the university needs to make economies of scale by finding another, bigger institution to provide back-office functions.

TEU national president Sandra Grey told Stuff that people working at Lincoln are angry about the announcement.

“They are very loyal to students and their local communities and determined to make sure they do the best for the institution,” she said.

She said this was the first time that Lincoln had clearly said that not only would it cut people’s jobs at Telford, but it would separate from the Telford campus altogether.

Telford merged with Lincoln only five years ago, a process that also caused significant upheaval for staff at the time.

The main campus has been through regular restructurings and job losses over recent years too.

People working at both campuses are holding union meetings in coming days to discuss their response to the news.

Grey says Lincoln’s first priority needs to be to its local people, the students and staff.

“It needs to look at solutions that keep local people in jobs and give local students the opportunity to learn in their communities. They may not be the same solutions that government or merger parties want, so Lincoln needs to stand up for its own people.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Manukau cuts Foundation Studies and English again
  2. Auckland offer rejected but negotiations progress
  3. Earthquakes close many institutions
  4. No equal pay means women are working for free
  5. Global campaign to free Iranian union leader
  6. Government wants to encourage students offshore

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There is no justification for job cuts in Victoria’s School of Languages and Cultures, says Dr Dougal McNeill, secretary of the TEU branch at the university – TEU

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